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Who Chooses?American Reproductive History since 1830$

Simone M. Caron

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031996

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031996.001.0001

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(p.257) Appendix A

(p.257) Appendix A

Henry Miller, “letter to the President and Councilors of the State Medical Society,” 1860

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(p.257) Appendix A

Henry Miller, “letter to the President and Councilors of the State Medical Society,” 1860


At the meeting of the American Medical Association held in Louisville, in May last, by a formal and unanimous vote it was

RESOLVED, That, while physicians have long been united in condemning the procuring of abortion at every period of gestation, except as necessary for preserving the life of either mother or child, it has become the duty of this Association, in view of the prevalence and increasing frequency of the crime publicly to enter an earnest and solemn protest against such unwarrantable destruction of human life.

RESOLVED, That in pursuance of the grand and noble calling we profess, the saving of human lives, and of the sacred responsibilities thereby devolving upon us, the Association present this subject to the attention of the several legislative sasemblies [sic] of the Union, with the prayer that the laws by which the crime is attempted to be controlled may be revised, and that such other action may be taken in the premises, as they in their wisdom may deem necessary.

RESOLVED, That the Association request the zealous co-operation of the various State Medical Societies in pressing this subject upon the legislatures of their respective States; and that the President and Secretaries of the Association are hereby authorized to carry out, by memorial, these resolutions.

In pursuance of our instructions, a memorial, of which a copy is herewith enclosed, has been transmitted to the Governor and Legislature of the State of [name of state], and it now has become our duty earnestly to request of the body you represent, such an early and hearty action in furtherance of the memorial of the Association, as may insure its full success against the common, though unnatural crime it aims to check.

For the Association,

Henry Miller, President

Source: Records of the Rhode Island Medical Society, Rhode Island Medical Society Library, Providence, Rhode Island. (p.258)